Website of St. Lawrence County got Hacked
The website of St. Lawrence County was hacked, and as a result was shut down in the afternoon of 21 August, 2018, as per Dylan Soper, the assistant administrator of the county. It was only after the government website of St. Lawrence County's homepage weirdly displaying a photograph of former U.S. President Barack Obama and current President Donald Trump leaning on each other closely with a red colored heart just above their faces that the website authority came to know about the hack. Soon after, the hackers updated the St. Lawrence County website with several county employees' usernames and passwords by posting them online.
On St. Lawrence County website's homepage the hackers left a message which read as: "Yo! YOUR SERVERS AND DATABASES ARE HACKED! WE GET A LOT OF INFOs, documents, mails and other important things from your DB and servers. Contact us: email@example.com".
Though the hackers claimed that they had sensitive information, but Soper denied the same. Soper said, "They had alluded to that they had important documents and emails, but we have no reason to believe that they have that". Soper further added that they are confident about personal information of county employees not being compromised.
The website of St. Lawrence County is handled by a third-party. County Legislature Chairman, Kevin D. Acres, said it seems that the hackers only have the usernames and passwords of some employees' county who are working on the website.
Staff of Information Technology department from St. Lawrence County has together teamed up with the New York State Cyber Incident Response Team so that they can find out the actual ways and means of how the website got hacked on 21 August, 2018.
Soper himself is monitoring the progress of the situation along with St. Lawrence County's IT staff, and has been communicating the same to the county legislators. For now, the website of St. Lawrence County will remain down till further notification is issued.
"As of right now, I cannot speculate on when the website will be back online, only that we are working to get it up as soon as possible while ensuring its security," said Mr. Soper on the morning of 22 August, 2018.
Till now, the hackers behind the attack have not been identified. Gary Pasqua, County District Attorney of St. Lawrence County, said that his office might get involved whenever the hackers are arrested.
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